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Updated on May 4, 2013

Example of Oxymoron

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Etyomology of Oxymoron: Did you know this?

Interestingly, the word "oxymoron" is an oxymoron in itself, "oxy" meaning "sharp" and "moron" meaning "dull." That's a cool fact.

Definition of Oxymoron

An oxymoron is a combination of two contradictory words. In the sentence, “That young man is awfully nice,” “awfully nice” is the oxymoron. When I was introduced to oxymorons in high school, I fell in love with them. In this article, I’ll list examples of some common oxymorons, humorous—or sarcastic—ones, as well as my own made-up oxymorons! Have fun with oxymorons. Maybe you can come up with your own.

A Story with Examples of Oxymorons

Instead of a list, how about a little story with the opposites underlined….

Ah, parting is such sweet sorrow, said Romeo to Juliet, in what turned out to be a pretty ugly scene in the tragic comedy I was reading. Same difference, said Juliet, as her demeanor matched that of the living dead. Good grief, she exclaimed, I’m going to try to act naturally. His bittersweet love is old news and is often found missing in him. Since she was awfully nice, she felt that her intentions were often clearly misunderstood.

I wondered if this edition of the play was the original copy. As it was a definite possibility, I was terribly pleased. Tired of reading, I went to my favorite restaurant where a small crowd had gathered. I ordered my favorite entrée of jumbo shrimp and sweet and sour pork. The serving was a little big for me, but I found it to be a guilty pleasure.

Funny or Sarcastic Oxymorons

Some sarcastic or cynical oxymorons that you may have heard include “military intelligence” and “honest attorney.” These contradictory words form phrases that make a point, as in truths that can’t be. Is there such a thing as intelligence in the military? Is an attorney ever honest? Along these lines, some also believe that “religious tolerance” is an oxymoron, as well as “business ethics.”

My Own Favorite Oxymorons

I call “Happy Monday” an oxymoron, although my friend, Sunshine, would disagree. Please read this sunny lady’s hub.

“Good morning” is also an oxymoron in my vocabulary. I am not a morning person, and thus mornings are not good in my book. When people say "Good morning" to me, I tell them that I’ll agree with the second part. Yes, it IS morning. I'll give them that.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      The opening was awfully beautiful :) You wrote about my favorite word! Great Hub Victoria Lynn.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff. :) I do understand about that morning thing!

      These aren't two-word oxymorons, but sometimes it's all about saying what you mean in context: The transition will alter nothing. We will be remain steadfast in spite of equivocation on the revisions. The emendation will have no impact.

      And here is a jewel from a medical professional: This medication has no effect on your breathing. All it does is help you breath easier.

      It just makes you want to shout, "Aren't words interesting?" :)

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      This is awfully funny! :P LOL! Thank you for the laughing fit. An oxymoron are commonly used in almost every language. Which I guess is why there are now so many different definitions for words nowadays. LOL! Voted up! Useful, funny and awesome! :)

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      TrahnTheMan 5 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

      Finally an article not replete with wrong facts!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      What a fun article Victoria Lynn! We do use oxymorons every day in our conversations. Most of the time we just don't notice it. How many oxymorons can you count: "I am constantly looking for a change, so I joined the HubPages community. I learned that each article is the same difference. The site is user friendly and no Hubber is alone in the crowd. We are all unique, just like everyone else!"

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      This was seriously funny. Have you ever heard that Hitler was a nazimoron?

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Ardie! You're awfully cool!

      RTalloni--You're funny. Your sentence examples were great. I think that language is fascinating!

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      Oxymorons are hilarious!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cags! Thanks for the great comments and votes. Oxymorons are a funny thing, aren't they? Love 'em!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I love oxymorons --Jumbo shrimp! Fun hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amazingly awesome!!! I love this HUB! I love oxymorons! You are my favorite grammar geek ever!! Thank you for the link!:)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      "Wrong facts!" Good one, TrahnMan!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for these Victoria, I hated to love them!! but had a good laugh and voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hmmmm, Turtlewoman...a constant change, huh? :-) Same difference. User friendly? I've always wondered about that one. Alone in the crowd, all unique, everyone else. haha. Loved your comments! Very creative!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      No, Rochelle. I haven't heard about the nazimoron. That's too funny!

      ChelseaCharleston--I agree! Hilarious!

      Audrey--Thanks for the comments. It was a fun hub to write, too!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A great hub for writers. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yay, Sunshine! I'm so glad you approve. I immediately thought about doing a link to your Monday hub when I started thinking about oxymorons. You're awesome. And I hope I'm always your favorite grammar geek!

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      Wow, super hub, very clever. Voted up :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love oxymorons! Very funny and super clever hub!

      I can't think of a single one right now! It will be like one of those times when your on the phone with someone and can't remember what you were going to say until you hang up! Lol. Soon as I make my exit I'll be "smacked good" in the face with one!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Carter06--Glad you hated to love them. haha. :-)

      alocsin--Glad you think so. Thanks for the votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Arren123! Glad you think so!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I love oxymorons too! good morning is a favorite of mine as I hate mornings! who ever invented them? lol! pretty ugly, has always got me saying, oxymoron! at the top of my voice, along with light weight! haha! great stuff, cheers nell

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Realhousewife--Have you thought of some fave oxymorons yet? haha. Thanks for the great comments. True about relating it to thinking of something to say on the phone....:-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nell--light weight is a go0d one! Good morning is about my favorite, though! :-)

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      dosborne08 5 years ago from Pembroke Pines, FL

      Was your example above a true story? It had me thinking out loud! This Hub was seriously funny! Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      No, dosborne, I just made up the story for an example. No true story there. I'm glad you thought it was funny. I consider that a great compliment. Thanks for the vote, too!

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      Brian Lokker 5 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      Great examples, especially your humorous story. The word "oxymoron" itself is an oxymoron -- coming from the Greek words for "sharp" (oxys) and "stupid" (moros) and meaning "pointedly foolish." No, I'm not "oxys" enough to have known that -- your hub made me curious, and I looked it up! Voted up, interesting, and funny.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for reminding me, V.L., how seriously funny some oxymorons can be. It's old news to me but sometimes our only choice that almost exactly describes what we are writing. Signed, Clearly Confused.

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      ContentThreads 5 years ago from India

      Great hub. You made me remember the english class when we learned figures of speech. Simile was my favourite. Oxymoron was real fun to read. I liked the extra words you compiled. And I completely agree with the last one- "Good Morning" is definitely an oxymoron I hear every morning. :(

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      brianlokker--Awesome comments! that reminded me that I was going to look up oxymoron to see if it was indeed an oxymoron! You stole my thunder--haha. I may have to revise already. Thanks so much!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Victoria - I didn't! And I tried! I think it is one of those things that you can't do under pressure unless you studied:) lol

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      drbj--You are too funny! Seriously funny! Old news! Only choice! Almost exactly! Clearly confused! Did I get them all?

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ContentThreads--Great comments. Maybe I'll write a hub just for you about similes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's okay, RealHousewife--Pressure does crazy things to our minds. haha

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Oxymorons were my favorite in school. Have not tried them lately though.

      Thanks for the reminder Victoria. Voted up as useful

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Fabulous hub and so enjoyable! You put a smile in my day.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've always loved oxymorons, too, Ruchira! Thanks for the vote!

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      ContentThreads 5 years ago from India

      Victoria: Oo. I would love to read that. Glad that will be a good revision. So sweet of you :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Thanks for the compliment. Glad the hub was enjoyable and made you smile. That's cool!

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      Specialist5 5 years ago from Norwich, CT USA

      How about the product Icy Hot. Way too cool, don't you think. Also, it's often said that FBI is one. Who in the FB is intelligent? How about police security? There was an incident in my life where the local polic jepordized my security. Ouch! I order my steak medium well done. If it's well done, it's well done. It can't be medium and be well at the same time. Isn't that like being a little bit pregnant? Than there's deafening silence. You've probably heard that one before. And when was the last time you heard a quiet storm. How about weeping willow? Can that be one also, or am I stretching it? The English language is like a light with a dimmer switch. You can turn it up or down to suit your needs. I've got a couple more in my head, but I can't spit them out just now. Thumbs up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ContentThreads--I made a note to write about similes....Give me some time....:-)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed this hub, very funny. When I was a kid we had a great aunt who used to refer to people as “horrid pretty”. We thought it was hilarious, even though we said “terribly pretty” ourselves!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Specialist5--IcyHot is a great example! I like deafening silence, too. You have some good ones, but you may be stretching it on the weeping willow! haha. I LOVE the English language, don't you? Thanks for the thumbs up. Much appreciated!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Horrid pretty? haha. But you're right in that it's similar to "terribly pretty," so....Thanks for reading. Glad you thought it was funny. I think oxymorons are funny and fun!!!

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      Specialist5 5 years ago from Norwich, CT USA

      Hi, How about the opposite of terribly pretty. When I was young we used to say pretty ugly. Ouch!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've said pretty ugly, too, Specialist5!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      "honest politician"?

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, perfect, PDX!!!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Oxymoron is a new term for me. Thanks for writing and share with us. I learn new things from you. Thank you very much and rated up!

      Blessing,

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm glad this hub taught you something new, prasetio! I love hearing that. Thanks for the vote. And you're welcome!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I too love oxymorons. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool, homesteadbound. If you can write one to complement it, please do so!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This was a fun little hub to read. I've never seen so many oxymorons together like this. Great topic. Voting up and away.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Pamela--I'm glad you thought it was fun to read. I didn't want to write some ole boring grammar hub. haha. Thanks so much for the comment and votes!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Up and funny. These actually make interesting English classes and you can see the foreign students really trying to get their heads around the meanings lol.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      This hub bring me back to my highschool days :) I use to love this during our English class. Thanks for reminding me of how much fun I used to have.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, this is awesome! I'm really liking all these "grammatically literary" hubs. (-- Um, that's not an oxymoron.) Voted up, funny and SHARING.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      True, Brett. I bet foreign students have a tough time with oxymorons. The English language is often very strange. Thanks for commenting, voting, and SHARING!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Your little story was an eye-opener about how we don't always think very much about what we say or read, or write for that matter. So many oxymorons have become familiar cliches that when you hear them spoken or skim through a reading of them, you hardly notice. Up, useful, and funny. "Refreshing" would be a good choice if we had that rating option. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cebutouristspot--I loved oxymorons in high school English class, too. That's where I fell in love with them. Thanks for the great comment.

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      Reginald Boswell 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks Victoria Lynn, Nice and sweet. What does the prefix oxy really mean any way?

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      There is a wonderful scene in the movie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" where the boy and his dad spar and shout out their favorite oxymorons. I love words (puns are my favorite) and this is a clever, interesting hub. Rated up! Steph

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks cclitgirl. That's great coming from you since you write some great grammar hubs, too! Thanks for the votes and for sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      True, Sally's Trove. Oxymorons become a part of our vocabulary. Thanks for the "refreshing" vote. I like that one! ("Delicious" is one I've wanted to add for recipes that I read.) I appreciate your comments very much.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Reginald, I just added the meaning of the word to my hub, as another person commented on that, too. Oxy means "sharp," while moron means "dull," so the word itself is an oxymoron. Cool, huh?

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      Anthea Kwaw 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub. Totally loved reading it. I must admit I had never heard of oxymorons till now. I always say we learn something new on hubpages everyday and your hub is a testimony to new discoveries and added knowledge. I can only say I am frightfully pleased that I have chanced upon this strangely awesome part of english grammar as a result of your wickedly amazing hub! I am terribly glad that I can only confess with shameful pride that I am now an oxymoron at heart! Sharp and dull, what a dynamite combo.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Steph--I should see that movie just for that scene. I would love that! I love puns, too! There's a hubber on here who writes a lot about puns. Can't think of his name right now, darn it. I need to find him again. Thanks for the comments and vote! I like your compliment of "clever."

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      Reginald Boswell 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks Victoria Lynn, that'll be my vocabulary word for today, I know right . . . . way cool :)

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      Brian Lokker 5 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      I have to share this headline from the feature section of our local paper today: "Is British cuisine an oxymoron?" The answer, thankfully for U.K. readers: "Not for author who traveled the U.K. for traditional recipes." (Article by Vicki Hyman, (NJ) Star-Ledger)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      PK2010--I'm glad I could introduce you to oxymorons! I love learning on HubPages. haha--I love all your oxymoronic descriptions! You've got it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Reginald. You're cool!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ha, Brian, that's interesting! :-)

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      Amy 5 years ago from Philippines

      this is really great..I am familiar with the word "Oxymoron" but it even makes sense to me even better.. great Victoria Lynn:) and oh I have to add that this is an even new knowledge to me..this is terribly fun haha. Love it Lynn :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ACV--Terribly fun, yes! Oxymorons are addictive, aren't they, because they are so fun! So flad you enjoyed the hub! :-)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Bearcat (which is related to neither the bear nor the cat)

      ?

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, PDX, what do we do with "bearcat"? Why are those together even? I'm with you on this one. One big question mark! ??? heehee :-)

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Victoria...This was terribly good! :)

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, my--how funny. I, too, am a fan of oxymorons, and have to agree that "military intelligence" is among the best of the worst.

      And that "morning" thing--I'm with you there--someone sing-songing "gooooood morrrrniiinnggg" to me is liable to get told, "Yeah, it's morning--what's good about that?"

      Make my guilty pleasure in chocolate, please!

      Voted up, funny, useful, awesome and shared!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Loved this hub. Oxymorons are frightfully funny! Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Not only are your oxymorons great but I love the way you introduced with the Romeo and Juliet story leading to your going to dinner. Being a comedy fan I've often heard of the fine mess comedians get themselves into and I know I'm sometimes a little big for my britches ;) I hope I don't have any calculated errors! Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      haha, Sunnie Day! That was a wickedly good comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      DzyMsLizzy--Glad you like the hub! that's great, coming from you. I hear ya on your comment about morning. My guilty pleasure is chocolate, too! Love your comments and votes!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hi, again, Victoria--now that it's no longer before noon, I have remembered one of the worst oxymorons ever heard. The pre-takeoff safety lecture aboard an airplane: "In the event of a water landing..." UH....this is not a seaplane, and that's not a LANDING--it's a crash!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Cyndi! Love oxymorons! Frightfully funny--haha. Thanks for the vote!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Calculated errors! Love that one, tillsontitan!Glad you liked the Romeo and Juliet story. It was fun to put together. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, good one, DzyMsLizzy. A crash landing is not a landing! haha Love it!Thanks for coming back!

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great, fun, light-hearted hub Victoria! I loved learning about this many moons ago. I am also nocturnal, so I prefer good evening. I like finding life situations that fit the rule. I remember reading a sign in college that said handicapped accessible bathroom on the second floor accompanied by the wheelchair picture and an arrow pointing to the stairs.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Moms-Secret--First of all, I'm glad you realized you weren't following me and went ahead and did. Yes, we did connect over our losses, and I'm glad you found me again. I'm glad you liked this hub. It was fun to right. You've gotta be kidding about the handicapped sign. That is tooooo funny! Thanks for sharing that!

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      Lissette 5 years ago from Central Florida

      In their defense, they did have an elevator near by but they chose to put the sign by the stairs. I never understood that. I started to wonder if that was the 'college' for me. Lol...

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, Moms-Secret, I just don't understand why people do what they do sometimes. Especially a college like that. Thanks for revisiting! :-)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your witty little Hub. You pointed out many oxymorons in everyday use that we rarely stop to think about. Well done! Thanks for the good read. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, James! I love that you called the hub "witty." I love oxymorons--gld you appreciated them, too.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      victoria, let's figure it out!

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      Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Oxymorons are great, some of them are quite funny and some we use so often that we don't even think about it! Great hub pointing some out. Love the clean dirt, I chuckle every time I see a sign for it :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      PDX, you're too funny! I'd love to figure out the "bearcat" thing!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, Dawn, what the heck is clean dirt? As opposed to "dirty dirt"? haha. Thanks for the comment.

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      Purple Jubilee 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      terribly interesting (!) article on oxymorons - thank you

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Purple Jubilee--"terribly interesting"--Good one, thanks!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i just noticed the definition of the word "oxymoron" That's awesome!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, PDX, I added that later when someone made a comment about the meaning of the word. I had thought about putting the meaning in there earlier but forgot. I thought it was a neat addition. Glad you noticed!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub on Oxymorons. Interesting and useful.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for the votes, Vellur. I love oxymorons!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      A great hub on oxymorons, Victoria. I love everything to do with words and their interplay and its nice to see you show oxymorons using that little story. And I didn't know oxymoron itself was one. Something I learnt here. Thanks. voted up of course.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Docmo--thanks for reading this and commenting on one of my favorite literary usages! I love words, too. Thanks so much again!

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 4 years ago from Florida

      I started reading this thinking that it was not going to be a good hub. I thought it might be something nonsensical, I actually liked it. I never really realized that all of those different terms were oxymorons. I didn't know that they were so much a part of my language. Thanks for the interesting hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Etherealenigma--I am flattered by your compliment. I like how your opinion changed as you read the hub. :-) I love oxymorons. Glad you enjoyed reading about them!

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      SamanthaMiller11 4 years ago

      haha this is a cool hub i liked reading this

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      SamanthaMiller--Thanks! I had fun with this hub!

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      violetta77 4 years ago

      Nice and funny!

      Keep going!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, violetta. I surely will keep going!

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      AnniesHealthTalk 4 years ago from United States

      I never realized there were so many oxymorons that people use every day! Awfully nice, clearly misunderstood, definite possibility... They're such common phrases that I never even thought of them as opposites. Interesting hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad you like this one, Annie! I love oxymorons!

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      Astralrose 4 years ago from India

      I'm a pure mixture myself...this hub is great! And oh, I do need a refresher in grammar so I'll be on your tail.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Astralrose--Awesome! Glad you like the grammar hubs!

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      Biggie Little 4 years ago

      Many of my teachers used to make fun of my size and grades in school by simply calling me The Oxymoron.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, my goodness, Biggie Little. That is too funny--and a joke, I hope!

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      Biggie Little 4 years ago

      You're O.K., Victoria. And it is a joke. But another teacher, a frustrated musician who wound up trying to teach music to a bunch of disinterested junior high school kids, really did say to me, "I always thought my method was fool proof, but in your case I guess it's not idiot proof."

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, Biggie Little, that is just SAD! So sorry for that.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Is it wrong to love an oxymoron? This was great. Voted up and sharing.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      T! No, it's not wrong to love an oxymoron. I've always loved them! :-) Thanks for the vote and the share!

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